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TV journalists threatened for Tablighi Jamaat expose; NBA calls upon religious fundamentalists to restrain

There are videos circulating on social media in which some religious preachers are naming some TV news anchors and threatening attacks on the reporters of those channels, noted the News Broadcasters Association

News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has said it views with grave concern the tendency among people belonging to a certain section of society resorting to abuses and threats against anchors and reporters working in news channels.

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“This particular trend has been noticed after electronic media recently exposed the role of Tablighi Jamaat in the spread of Coronavirus, resulting in a nationwide spurt in the number of positive cases and subsequent deaths,” the industry body for news channels said in a press statement.

“Anchors and reporters working in news channels are being specifically targeted through social media platforms like WhatsApp, TikTok and Twitter. There are videos circulating on social media in which some religious preachers are naming some TV news anchors and threatening attacks on the reporters of those channels,” it said.

NBA strongly deplored this pernicious trend in a section of society and appealed to the government and law enforcing agencies to take immediate preventive action against such anti-social elements.

“The electronic media has done exemplary work in reporting Coronavirus pandemic in India during the current lockdown and the overall tenor of reporting has been fair, accurate and balanced. All sections of society are given fair representation on TV debates on Coronavirus pandemic,” the association said.

NBA called upon religious fundamentalists to desist from issuing open threats and making insinuations against news channels. It said, “Such activities are violative of the Fundamental Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression, as enshrined in our Constitution.”

Assuring that news channels are available to all sections of society including the fundamentalists, NBA called upon these leaders to come forward and clear their stand on the role of Tablighi Jamaat in spreading the Coronavirus.

The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) is the Association exclusively of 24x7 news broadcasters in India. It has 27 number of broadcasters as its members representing 77 channels.

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